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An untitled artwork by Sepideh Stella. Courtesy Pro Art Gallery
An untitled artwork by Sepideh Stella. Courtesy Pro Art Gallery
Marilyn Monroe with a Nikon by Bert Stern for JAMM Art Gallery. Courtesy Bert Stern / JAMM Art Gallery
Marilyn Monroe with a Nikon by Bert Stern for JAMM Art Gallery. Courtesy Bert Stern / JAMM Art Gallery

5 Things to Do Today in the UAE: Photographs of Marilyn Monroe and an exhibition that imagines the future of Dubai

Plus: Iranian artists exhibit at Pro Art Gallery, START Workshops for children with special needs and workout at Yas Marina Circuit

Head to the Pro Art Gallery to see an exhibition of works by Iranian artists whose diverse practices, influences and approaches will showcase the beauty of Iranian art. Featured artists include Asal Fallah, Nima Hashemian and Sasan Nasarnia. From 10am to 9pm, Pro Art Gallery, Palm Strip Shopping Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, www.proartuae.com

See the photographer Bert Stern's images of Marilyn Monroe. In June 1962, just six weeks before the actress's untimely death, Stern took almost 2,600 photographs of her over three daily sessions at the Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles for the popular Vogue magazine; this photoshoot later became known as The Last Sitting. 11am-7pm, Jamm Art Gallery, Hasa Road, Street 8, Warehouse 11, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, 04 328 5169, www.jamm-art.org

Take kids age 6 and above with special needs to participate in the START Workshops. The artist Khawla Darwish will be hosting the workshop, which will focus on the tempera technique, aiming to teach the students how to produce their own pigment colour using materials that can be found in the home. From 7.30pm, free entry, The Pavilion, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, 04 447 7025, www.pavilion.ae

Head to Shelter to see Abandoned, an exhibition by the artist Richard Allenby-Pratt that imagines a Dubai of the near future, abandoned by people and inhabited by previously captive exotic animals. The project is concerned with the fragility of prevalent economic systems and their place in ecological systems. From 9am to 8pm, Shelter Dubai, Warehouse 30, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 380 9040, www.shelter.ae

Run or walk or bike tonight on the Yas Marina Circuit and enjoy a refreshing outdoor workout in the cooler weather before summer hits. It's free, you just need to register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com. From 6pm to 9pm, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

* Compiled by Ellen Fortini

efortini@thenational.ae

 

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